Toledo Mud Hens 13, Louisville Bats 0 (box)
Kyle Funkhouser’s path back from injury led him to Louisville, where he played his college ball, on Wednesday night. He wasn’t particularly overpowering or efficient, but threw six innings of shutout ball on three hits and a walk. Meanwhile the Hens’ offense went off in a big way, erupting for 13 runs on 13 hits. Jake Rogers got things started with an RBI single in the second inning. The Hens scored five in the frame, and then scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth inning to run away with the victory. Daz Cameron and Pete Kozma each had four hit games, with Cameron smacking his eighth home run of the year against a position player throwing lobs in the eighth inning.
Kozma: 4-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 5 RBI
Cameron: 4-5, HR, 4 R, RBI
Rogers: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Funkhouser (W, 1-3): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Drew VerHagen (3-2, 2.38 ERA) gets the start against the Bats on Thursday night.
Erie SeaWolves 10, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 0 (F/7) (box)
Anthony Castro got a little wild at times, but still dominated the Rumble Ponies in another strong performance. Castro threw 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing just two hits and four walks against seven strikeouts. The offense backed him with five runs before he even took the mound. A two-run homer from Josh Lester, and a two-run double from catcher Chace Numata were the big blows in a five-run first inning. Cam Gibson added on with a solo shot in the fifth, and the SeaWolves finally blew the Ponies away with a four-run rally in the sixth inning.
Lester: 2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB
Gibson: 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
Alcantara: 1-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB
Castro (W, 3-1): 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
Erie SeaWolves 2, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 1 (F/7) (box)
The SeaWolves bullpen threw a great game in a pinch, and the offense mounted a comeback with runs in the fourth and fifth inning. Trent Szkutnik allowed a run in the second inning, but three innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts is a pretty good spot start. Zac Houston and Will Vest each tossed two scoreless innings apiece to finish off the Ponies. Sergio Alcantara’s RBI single in the fourth tied the game, while Isaac Paredes provided the eventual game winner with an RBI single in the fifth as the SeaWolves swept the doubleheader.
Paredes: 2-4, RBI
Alcantara: 2-3, RBI, SB
Szkutnik: 3.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Matt Manning (6-4, 2. 53 ERA) toes the bump on Thursday night as the SeaWolves welcome in the Harrisburg Senators.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Clearwater Threshers 1 (box)
Garrett Hill threw a great game on Wednesday, and Dayton Dugas was the hero with a walkoff single to down the Threshers. Hill went seven innings and two-hit the Threshers, allowing just a run in the fourth inning. The Flygers got that run back in the bottom of the frame, and the score stayed deadlocked from there. Mark Ecker picked up where Hill left off, tossing two no-hit frames with three strikeouts to pick up his second win on the year.
Deatherage: 2-4, 2B, 2 SB
Rosa: 1-3, R, BB, SO, SB
Dugas: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO
Hill: 7.0 IP, ER, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Tarik Skubal (4-4, 2.98 ERA) takes on the Threshers’ Julian Garcia (5-4, 3.18 ERA) on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 15, Dayton Dragons 1 (box)
The Whitecaps’ offense could be an entertaining group as they lean into the second half of the season. Zac Malis mashed a three-run homer in the first inning, and new additions Nick Quintana and Andre Lipcius were in the thick of a 20-hit attack on Wednesday night as they blew out the Dragons. Wilkel Hernandez tossed six comfortably strong innings with lengthy breaks between innings while he watched his team rake.
Proctor: 5-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
Lipcius: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, SO, CS
Malis: 1-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SO
Hernandez (W, 6-5): 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Adam Wolf (2-9, 7.53 ERA) takes on the Dragons’ James Marinan (2-7, 4.89 ERA) on Thursday night.
Vermont Lake Monsters 6, Connecticut Tigers 4 (box)
A bullpen meltdown cost the Tigers a chance to complete the organizational sweep. Carson Lance threw 4 2⁄3 innings of scoreless ball, and the offense provided a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Matt Walker was hit hard for five runs in that inning, and the Tigers couldn’t mount a comeback. Catcher Gresuan Silverio launched a solo home run to lead the offense.
Silverio: 2-3, HR, R, RBI, BB
Liniak: 1-3, 2B, R, SO
Lance: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Xavier Javier (0-0, 4. 26 ERA) takes on the Monsters’ Richard Morban (0-0, 2.70 ERA) on Thursday night.